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Abdominal migraine. What are the symptoms, causes, treatment...

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Dear M.C.,
Abdominal Migraine is a form of Migraine in which the Migraineur generally experiences no headache, but does have more intense gastrointestinal symptoms - nausea and vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. The cause of Abdominal Migraine is the same as other forms of Migraine. It's a genetic neurological disease, and individual Migraine attacks are brought on by Migraine triggers. Triggers may be certain foods, changes in weather, bad sleep patterns, fluorescent lighting, and others. Treatment for Abdominal Migraine is similar to that for Migraine with aura or Migraine without aura. Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans - Imitrex, Zomig, Maxalt, etc., are often prescribed. Medications for nausea and vomiting such as Reglan and Phenergan can also be prescribed. If you experience three or more Migraines a month, you're also a candidate for daily preventive medications.
Teri Robert

Dera M.C. Kaushal:
Yes, there is something called abdominal migraine. Causes are several Nobel Prizes down the road. Mrs. Robert has given you an excellent description. Treatment, if there is no headache, is quite difficult. When better medications arrive, we may have an easier time for treatment.
Good luck,
John Claude Krusz
 

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